Bate Biography of John Clare

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Jonathan Bate’s biography of the “peasant poet,” John Clare, has just been published (by Picador):

http://www.panmacmillan.com/books/october/johnclare/default.html

It was reviewed on October 10 by Simon Kovesi of Oxford Brookes University. Here’s the review, in The Independent:

http://enjoyment.independent.co.uk/books/reviews/story.jsp?story=451687

Kovesi also publishes the John Clare page (hosted by Nottingham Trent University), which contains lots of Clare materials including some useful information on the copyright dispute surrounding his texts:

http://human.ntu.ac.uk/clare

Another review essay, by Christopher Caldwell and containing links to a good number of excerpts from the poems, appeared in Slate magazine yesterday:

http://slate.msn.com/id/2089950/

[NOTE: additional late sighting (October 21)--a review by John Lanchester in The New Yorker. Read it online at: http://www.newyorker.com/critics/books/?031027crbo_books.]

SJ

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